Disclaimer : This list is entirely based on my personal experiences and some facts collected from the internet. Please don’t get offended as I never meant anything that way.
As per the daily clothing, the men of North India prefers to wear pants, trousers or pyjamas with a casual t-shirt, shirt or kurta while the women normally wear salwar suits. On the other hand in South India, you can easily observe men in lungis with shirts or kurta and women draped in sarees dominating most of the streets. Even there exists a lot of difference of clothing wore by the bride and grooms, wherein North India brides look more like queens in lehenga-cholis and draped dupattas and grooms like kings in turbans and sherwanis. However the brides of South India look no more than goddesses with beautiful crowns and heavy jewelleries on their heads and neck and grooms are rather simple in lungis-Kurta.
Ahh! This is the most common and omniknown fact that the North and South Indian food comparison is like comparing water and ice, although both have almost same kind of raw materials and ingredients but the final product is entirely different. Where in North India, the breakfast plate is dominated with paranthas and pickles, the South Indians prefer idli-dosa, uttapam, upma, vada. Frankly speaking, I enjoyed both kinds of food but at the same time it is difficult for the opposite sides to eat and adapt to each other’s food on a daily basis.
- Temples and Temple Culture
The art and architecture or North and South Indian temples are noticeably different. The Southern ones have stepped pyramidal shaped vimana or the main temple tower that are built to a considerable height above the ground and have a large temple complex. On the other hand the North Indian temples have basic pyramidal shaped single structure that generally encloses the gopura and the hallway of the temple. Apart from the structure, I have also noticed a huge difference in the temple culture in both sides of the country. In North Indian temples, people generally cover their heads in the temple and are even allowed to enter, worship and touch the main idols. While in South Indian temples, generally people don’t cover their heads, moreover not every person is allowed inside the gopura. Even I have observed that in some of the South Indian temples, a considerable amount is charged according to the distance upto which you wished to do the darshan plus you have to buy your own Prasad!
There is no doubt that the language differences distinguish North Indians with their Southern counterparts. The Northern ones normally communicate in Hindi (with a tone of their own dialects) or Hinglish. The South Indians on the other hand do not speak Hindi at all except those of the metropolitans. The Southern part of India has a variety of language speaking groups where Tamil and Telugu dominating most of its parts to Kannada and Malayalam. I have heard it from many people that the South Indians know and speak English more and better than the Northern ones but believe me as far as I had observed, there was not a much difference in their knowledge about Hindi and English (I’m considering here the general public and the shopkeepers).
- Climate and Geography
This fact again is known to everyone. The North India is packed with the lush green and snow packed Himalayas on its one side, fertile Gangetic plains on the other plus the Thar Desert on western side so making it a versatile corner. The South India on the other hand has everything! From beautiful beaches, Nilgiri hills, rivers, forests and all. Both of the parts have their own uniqueness. The north India encounters almost every kind of season – from harsh winters to pleasant springs and burning hot summers to the wet monsoons. But the Southern side is restricted to a few – moderate summers and extremely wetty monsoons. Because of so many seasonal variations, the North Indians have mainly deciduous plants which shed their foliage in the unfavourable season. On the other hand Southern parts have evergreen lush vegetations.
Yes, whether you visit an interior village in a North Indian or a South Indian state, you will definitely find kind people always there to offer a helping hand. Except a few, especially in the cities whether be it North or South Indian, they will be present to ignore, mistreat and make you feel homesick! But according to my observations, most of the Indian people are nice and welcoming. Mostly the villagers are to be given the credit for this, obviously because they have retained their traditional values, and simultaneously their help seekers have retained their status of trustable guests.
- Love for Music and Cinema!
Be it a Punjabi song or a Tamil chartbuster, the people from both the corners enjoy dancing, acting and the Cinema! Although Bollywood movies dominate over most of the country but apart from the common cinema and music, every state and region of India has their own entertainment industry that truly shows their love for entertainment. Be it the lungi dance dominating the dance floors in Delhi or the style of Rajnikanth, North Indians adore the music and story lines of South Indian movies (this is my personal experience). And at the same time the South Indians include few North Indian tracks in their lists too.
I know you will definitely give an awkward expression while reading this title under the similarities section. Yes, there is a great dissimilarity between the dressing in the weddings but here I’m not talking about the clothes, jewellery or decorations because I’ve already talked about them in the very first fact. Here I am talking about the main similarity, that are the rituals which are followed during the wedding ceremonies. In both kind of wedding ceremonies, the bride and the groom exchange garlands with each other, the groom ties a mangalsutra in bride’s neck and they encircles the holy mandap fire while the priest chant the holy mantras. One more thing that I would like to add which is common for both North and South Indian weddings is the Dowry System which even being banned by the law is still prominent in both the sides.
There is a great difference between color tones when we move from North to South India but does color make anyone beautiful. Obviously NO! Surely the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and the real beauty is seen in the heart and not on the faces. And surely both the sides are crowded with many such beauties. When talking of the beauties that are treat to the eyes, then I must say that both North and South India has many such ladies and gentlemen who keep anyone spellbound with their exceptional physical features.
There is a myth that the South Indians are well educated and have more brains but you know this is only a myth. The literacy rate of Kerela and Himachal are almost equal and even the North zone is as much educated as the South one is! The only difference is that because of more employment opportunities in South, the employmentt rate is a little more vivid. And yes the people all around India whether it is North or South are educated.
So, this was my top 10 list of comparing facts between North and South India! I hope you enjoyed reading and this article was thoughtful. So, like, share and SUBSCRIBE to my blog!